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Project by FritzM posted 05-16-2008 08:16 PM 2005 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dimensions: 18” tall x 15” deep x 18” long.
Wood: Walnut and maple ply drawer parts
Finish: 4 coats Oil/Varnish blend
Top: Honed Limestone

One finished, one waiting for varnish and paint. These are the latest addition to our bedroom furniture upgrade. Bench? Check! Side Tables? Check! Headboard? coming soon.

As simple as they look, they challenged me at every turn. The only drawers I had built, assemble and installed before this were for my workbench and those didn’t require near the tolerance these did. The walnut panels are 4 piece glue ups and they were hand planed, scraped and hand sanded. I spent countless hours getting my jack and smoother dialed in but because of my efforts I am a lot more comfortable with the tools. Painting the drawer interiors was an idea I played around with and did a bunch of samples for color and sheen. The blood red is where I ended up. A total of ten coats of spray on primer, undercoat color, finish color and clear. It made wipe on varnish seem super easy. The drawer guides are a bit heavy duty for this application. #100 pound 14” full extension self closers. The drawers are just too light to make the operation smooth. If I were to do it over I would probably use wood runners.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 05-16-2008 08:20 PM

These are great Fritz :) Love the limestone and the painted drawer boxes.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 05-16-2008 09:10 PM

The limestone top is a great touch! Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 05-16-2008 09:24 PM

What are you running a high end production shop there? You are turning out some amazing projects! I love the fact that you open the drawer and surprise it is has a red interior…very unexpected. Again that walnut is gorgeous and the limestone adds a nice touch. How did you construct the drawers? Are those five sided drawers with the front applied? What type of joinery did you use? Can’t wait to see the bed you make.

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#4 posted 05-16-2008 09:41 PM

Drawers are a challenge for me too. You did a great job. The limestone tops are a really nice touch.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 05-16-2008 09:42 PM


These are very nice tables and the drawers and top give them a distinctive look.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 05-16-2008 10:31 PM

thanks everyone.

bfd: no high end production shop…... just a 7’ x 9’ third bedroom shop (half of which is occupied by a bike, camping equipment and storage boxes) and 3 hour night class once a week at a local middle school. Yes, the drawers are 5 sided with the walnut applied to the front. 4” tall 1/2” Maple ply front sides and back with 1/2” mdf bottom. I used my Festool Domino for the joinery. Perhaps unconventional but considering I knew it would be painted I just wanted something to add some glue surface and I don’t have a biscuit joiner.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#7 posted 05-17-2008 02:49 AM

You can actually plane limestone? Very beautiful matching nightstands. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 05-17-2008 02:59 AM

Very nice! I like the combination of the limestone Walnut and the red surprise. Have you looked into under-mount slides? I think it would enhance the tables and show off the red color even more. Good job!

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#9 posted 05-17-2008 04:02 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship. I like your drawer color choice. I also like the natural beauty of the walnut. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to seeing the headboard.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 05-17-2008 04:42 AM

I agree with mdf. Great job and well done. The only improvement might be to use a different way to open the drawers. If you do or not a great looking project.

-- JJohn

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#11 posted 05-17-2008 05:10 AM

the walnut is gorgeous !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 05-19-2008 07:02 AM

You really have been turning out some great pieces…and these are no exception!

Are the drawer fronts from the same board?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 05-19-2008 04:39 PM


mdf: Yeah, undermount slides would definitely solve the problem with the clunky looking slides.

Dorje: Yes, they are from the same board.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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